Y’all I love Etsy.
Wedding showers, Birthdays, Mother’s Day… no matter what the occasion- Etsy is THE place to find a truly unique gift. If you’re the hostess, it’s also the place to find all the decorations and supplies you could ever need to make your party the most glamorous event of the year.
Etsy is an online marketplace for the creative type who has something to sell but doesn’t necessarily want or need to open a brick and mortar store. With it’s unique policy of only allowing handmade items, craft supplies, and antiques over 20 years old… Etsy has positioned itself as a boutique online marketplace which has made it so attractive to buyers.
Owner of A Trinket Trunk, Bailee Beebe, sat down with us to talk about why she decided to open her shop on Etsy and how she got started.
Y&C: Tell us about a trinket trunk- What’s the story behind the brand?
BB: I’ve never been much of a collector, but there are two things I always look for when I’m antique shopping; Elephants and Old Trunks.
I’ve always been fascinated by Elephants. I knew I wanted the elephant to be in the logo, and part of my brand. I also love the way the word Trunk can mean an Elephants trunk, or a trunk of jewelry. I am always drawn to alliterations, and I sell “trinkets”, so it just fit!
Y&C: I love that. What inspired you to start A Trinket Trunk?
BB: I actually started stamping to make jewelry for myself. I love the way stamped jewelry looks and I love wearing pieces that inspire me and represent something special in my life. I quickly fell in love with the process and began making jewelry for family, friends, and eventually customers!
Y&C: And we are so glad you did! What made you decide to open your shop with Etsy? and what was that process like?
BB: I shop for nearly everything on Etsy, so deciding to sell there myself was a natural progression. I found the process to be simple and easy- opening a Trinket Trunk only took a few minutes. Etsy prides itself on being user friendly and easy to navigate. I have even uploaded new listings straight from the app on my phone to my store. It’s convenient and I can check up on my store from anywhere!
Y&C: Let’s dive into the details – What are the costs and benefits of doing business through Etsy?
BB: Etsy charges a .20 cent listing fee, a 3.5% transaction fee, and 3% plus .25 cent payment processing fee. I find that their fees are fairly low, considering the amount of traffic exposure they can bring to a shop. Etsy gives its shop owners detailed statistics, so we can see where our traffic is coming from and what key words are getting used the most. I am still navigating my way through Etsy SEO (search engine optimization) and learning how I can get my products at the top of the search page. Etsy also offers promotional listings with flexible rates. I can decide how much money I want to spend per day on marketing and then Etsy features my products as ads on their website.
Y&C: Is Etsy the best place for someone looking to sell online?
BB: Etsy has become a well-known and trusted marketplace, it provides security for the shop owner and the buyer. Its popularity makes it a great choice for anyone looking to open an online store featuring hand-made items. Etsy’s policy is that all shops must sell hand-made items, craft supply, or vintage items that are 20 years old or more. The product must be designed or altered by the seller in some way, and stock photographs are not allowed. I think it is a fantastic platform for crafters and antique dealers, but not an appropriate place for large scale retail.
Y&C: If you have an Etsy shop, do you still need to create your own website? or do you use Etsy as the storefront?
BB: Etsy encourages its shop owners to have their own websites, and is even promoting a site building service. Maintaining a web site is more work than keeping up an Etsy store. I plan on selling on Etsy for a very long time but I’m also currently in the process of perfecting my website & online store, www.atrinkettrunk.com.
Y&C: What are your tips for anyone looking to start their business on Etsy?
BB: The best advice I can give is to do your research! Read as much as you can pertaining to etsy and starting a business online. Find the most cost efficient suppliers for the quality craft materials you need to run your business. Social media is your best friend. I make two or more social media posts per day and monitor my followers/pins/likes. One day I was notified that one of my necklaces had been re-pinned, an hour later the same woman favorited my item on Etsy, a day later she purchased the necklace. I love seeing the way social media outlets have changed the way business owners are able to market a product and track the origin of a sale.
The most important advice is to have fun! It’s so rewarding to make something that you love, and find out that other people love it too. I literally jump up and down and do a dance every time someone buys something from me. When I make something, I make it because I love it and it speaks to me. It feels almost magical when it speaks to someone else too.
Y&C: What’s next for a trinket trunk?
BB: I’m going to start selling my products as a vendor in craft markets. You will be able to find me at the Spring Fling in Gainesville, TX and the Boho Market in Dallas, TX this summer! Also, Stamped brass on leather cuffs are my newest obsession and will be available soon!
Y&C: Last but not least, how do you take your coffee?
BB: It feels almost blasphemous to admit this on a blog named “You and Coffee”, but I am an avid tea drinker. I start every morning off with a big cup of black Irish tea. I hope this doesn’t ruin my credibility.
Y&C: I think I can let it slide – you and tea can apparently do anything 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us Bailee! We can’t wait to swoon over those new leather cuffs.
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